So, you may be curious what this MusicTrGrl in NYC has been up to lately, seeing as I haven’t posted for a while. Currently, I’m working a lot and…seing LOTS of shows. Sadly, Hamilton is not one of them because it’s so popular and tough to get into (kudos to them for being out of this world amazing artists and creators). I’ve also been performing with a company called TAPNYC…which has given me the opportunity to meet lots of agents and one very sweet manager. You see, this fabulous company has given me the chance to get in front of industry professionals through their workshops and their showcases. Yes, that’s right! I’ve been able to do something really cool: to perform in front of casting directors, agents, managers, and a very sweeeeeeeeet audience.

The other thing I’ve been addicted to recently: anything and everything Hamilton related. Seriously. The soundtrack plays on repeat on my iphone. I have whipped my phone out of my pocket at some points only to find out that somehow a button got pushed and guess what’s playing without me even selecting it: yep, you’re right! It’s Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda is such an incredibly talented individual. His lyrics are so poignant and the rhythms of his rap and musical composition is so expertly decided upon and executed. Every time I listen I find something new that I hadn’t noticed before. I find something exciting. I find something meaningful…and I’ve found a renewed love of the history of the founding of this country. So, being addicted, my boyfriend constantly gets to hear about Hamilton. In fact, for Chanukah he bought me the Hamilton recording I’m speaking of! He has no idea how much that gift means to me. I’m a serious lover of genius composers and meaningful lyrics. Lin-Manuel Mirando is phenomenal (and Hamilton is not his first incredible Broadway success…you should also check out “In The Heights”). In other words…for the “Hamilton” lover in your life: I highly recommend it as a gift (hint hint: Valentines Day is this coming weekend) and I guarantee it’s a unique present that they will love. A very easy and quick link to have sent to your valentine (and maybe even gift wrapped with a personal note), is available on amazon.com. This link will take you directly to it without having to search: //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=gwynethjohans-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B013JLBPGE&asins=B013JLBPGE&linkId=EF5DPM5NSJYJ4LKI&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true

Happy early Valentines Day and I hope to hear your thoughts on “Hamilton.” Believe me , I can’t wait to hear what you think so we can chit chat about this show!

So…I think of myself as a rogue photographer…I mean, I love to catch life on film as it happens. Since I’ve moved here I’ve been inspired by so much daily beauty that I have over three hundred pictures just since mid April…yes, I’m that girl that takes out her camera everywhere she goes. I’ve noticed a trend, though: I like to catch people doing unique, and unabashedly independent things in which they’re not afraid to show their true spirit…Hence, the picture in my last post. While riding the A train home after a particularly difficult day, during which so many things went wrong or ground to a screeching halt…this exuberant group of friends literally bounded onto the train for one stop, and proceeded to share with the train their uninhibited selves. I immediately started smiling, and as they leapt out of the door, I quickly grabbed my camera and hurriedly asked if I could take their picture and put it on my blog. You can tell their excitement at the prospect of ending up on the internet, having been written about for solely being themselves! And then…they ran out the doors. Who knows where. I smiled for the rest of the night. 🙂 It reminded me that one teeny, tiny instant can completely lighten and brighten your day, so the unexpected and the hopeful can happen. 🙂

Don’t worry, though! I have a lot more pictures and stories to tell from my hiatus for this past week. 🙂

I posted this once before…but I really am curious! So please answer as much as you like! 🙂

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So…I’ve got a quick question for all of you. My personal story is interesting, but I want to know all about why YOU chose to follow your dreams. Are you in New York following your dream of being on Broadway? Or are you off somewhere else following a dream? I’m curious to read your answers and I’m very excited to know what makes you tick! And why, if you’ve been to the Big Apple, did you go there? Did you go there to find love? Or a job you’ve followed? 

 

Ciao Bellas! 

Gwyn

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Sorry I’ve been off for a while. You see, life is so insane at the moment. I got a new job (which I’m studying for madly), and still trying to settle into life in nyc. I’ve gone on two auditions (only…and that’s sad) since I’ve moved here. They were both very interesting projects, though! Word of advice: apply for auditions 24/7…you won’t get many of them…but at least you’re getting your name out there and laying the groundwork for future auditions with those companies. Work on it. It will help. 🙂 Anywho, back from my tangent…I discovered the Hi-Line, Chelsea Market, Washington Square Park, and the West Village today and it was such a blast! I got to see a part of New York that I had not been to and it was wonderful! 🙂 I highly recommend taking a walk on the Hi-Line (an old railroad track located a few stories off the ground that has been made into a walking park) as the flowers are coming into bloom now. There’s lots of photography options out there as the colors are so beautiful right now and I couldn’t help but want to take pictures of all the beauty!